It’s getting to be winter in the northern hemisphere, and along with COVID-19, Winter Is Coming.
- Winter blues can be a real problem
- COVID-19 will likely see a resurgence
- Being proactive can make all the difference
2020 has been a bit of a crazy year. Bushfires, murder hornets, civil unrest, political disarray, celebrity deaths, and, of course, coronavirus. Although there’s been a great deal going on, much of it has gone on while people sheltered at home and avoided other people in an effort to “flatten the curve.”
Winter 2020 felt like it took a long time, with many agreeing March alone felt like it lasted three months. Summer brought people back outside, but also spikes in COVID-19 cases. The turning of the leaves and the seasons changing to fall made people excited for Halloween; that created new concerns as people adjusted to life with coronavirus as a constant – to trick or treat, or not? Does anyone bob for apples anymore? Parties were changed or limited in scope.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes a new set of concerns, as people wonder if they should be gathering with loved ones, or if they should all remain separate, and facetime or zoom over dessert. Seders were different, and the feast of the five fishes will be, too.
COVID-19 – Winter Is Coming
What do the changing seasons have to do with COVID-19? It’s important to remember that there are real feelings that come with the changing of the seasons and the turning of the wheel of the year. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression beginning in fall and lasting through the winter months.
With winter, and the associated shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, as well as cold and flu symptoms that seem to be ever-present, authorities expect a new outbreak of COVID-19 to hit the United States and it has the potential to be a brutal winter. To combat this, there are some things you can do that may help you get out ahead of it.
Winter Is Coming Soon
The first thing you want to do is get really honest with yourself. Do you normally experience SAD symptoms, or does the winter not usually affect you? Do you already have depression or other medical conditions that can affect your physical and mental well-being? Try tending to your physical health through exercise, yoga, and dance. Movement will help your flow.
Cheer yourself up in whatever ways you can. If having fresh flowers in the house makes the winter weather seem far away, even when it isn’t, see about having a standing order to get some delivered. Write some letters to a cousin you haven’t heard from in a while, or your oldest friend. Even if you email often, send a real card or note. The physical act of writing is a direct way to reach someone, and using an actual pen or marker can make it seem a greater act of love. There’s also something amazing about curling up with a physical letter, especially if it’s with a cup of tea while the leaves are falling. This can also become a habit you continue throughout the year, not just during the colder months.
Work Your Plan
If you’re starting a new business and COVID-19 has messed up your plans, learn all you can about how to get yourself back on track. There’s time before the end of the year and the December 31, 2020 deadline to using your retirement funds as insurance against a recession.
Get planning early so that you aren’t caught unaware and behind the times. This is not to say you need to stockpile soup and beans, toiler paper and disinfecting wipes, but it may be worth your while to stay ahead of the game in terms of what you do need. Hopefully there will not be shortages as there were last winter, but this time you can be prepared in advance.